Engineering: A New Dimension

      The Center for Advancement of Post-Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University (CAPSCU) has organized a General lecture, in cooperation with the Mechanical Design and Production Department (MDP). The presentation has taken place on Tuesday, the 16th of March 2004 at the lecture hall of the social club at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University. The lecture was titled "Engineering: A New Dimension" and presented Prof. Sam Y. Zamrik, Professor Emeritus of Engineering Mechanics, Department of Engineering science and Mechanics, the Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Dr Zamrik has been a faculty member of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics for 38 years. His experience is concentrated in the area of experimental and analytical investigation of mechanical behavior and life prediction methodology of metals and advanced structural materials.

He has been the director of the fatigue and fracture research program where he pioneered the multi-axial fatigue research program and development in 1965 with the support of NASA, Lewis Research Center. The fatigue and crack growth program continued its support from NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NSF, Allied Signals, General Electric, WRC-Pressure Vessel Research Council and US Dept. of Energy.

He has developed the modeling of life prediction methodology due to thermo-mechanical fatigue cycling in 1975 and the characterization of fatigue-creep damage of cladding and gas turbine materials, a unique and pioneering area of research which was not yet developed at any other institution. This specific multi-axial fatigue research area was extended over the years to include multi-axial crack growth utilizing the concept of anticlastic bending.

A number of continuing education courses dealing with fatigue analysis were developed and taught here at the University Park campus and also at Media, Pa. These courses were offered over 25 years' period.

Dr. Zamrik has published over 100 technical papers and reports in the area of multi-axial and thermo-mechanical fatigue, crack growth and creep damage and participated in International Conferences in Europe, Russia, South America, China and Japan.

The presentation was about the role of MEMS and NANO technologies as new introduced areas in the field of engineering. It was attended by more than 60 graduate and undergraduate students and college staff members, all were interested in Prof. Zamrik's presentation.

An interesting discussion between the attendees and Prof. Zamrik has taken place for more than 30 minutes after the presentation about this new technology.